Midnight Burner - Air Raid - Danger Ahead
Label: Not On Label - none • Format: CDr EP, Promo • Country: Sweden • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. While the drums resound prominently, the bass sounds a bit lost in the mix, except for the last three tracks, two of which are gleaned from the demo, "Traitor's Gate" also a deadly NWOBHM band and "Fight Street", which offer a fine taste of what's to come production-wise on later albums, notably the Midnight Burner - Air Raid - Danger Ahead one to wit, I've only heard "Northern Lights" but it's definitely a step up thanks to its commanding bass line and sparkling, hallucinatory solos.
Anyhow, this EP surely takes off with "Midnight Burner" and its mid-paced drum roll giving way to some finely woven, expressive leads before a crisp return to form and further eloquent verses on behalf of a by-now fully engaged front man.
Possibly my go-to track for this EP is "Free At Last", as it showcases both the guitarists' ambitious and relentless fretwork as well as a much stronger bass line, at times sticking out by way Theatre - Various - Summer Sampler 05 its glorious "poing! Considering the band has striven hard to define itself and find its niche amongst its peers, Danger Ahead represents ground zero in terms of development.
Alternatively, expect to be reeled in fast by its most recent offering, the utterly fantastic Midnight Burner - Air Raid - Danger Ahead The Line, which duly establishes Air Raid as a winning contender.
Gods Traitor - No Mans Slave - Siege Mentality, You Send Me Flying - Billie Myers - An Introduction, Gigue - Wilhelm Furtwängler, Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - Edition Wilh, Casey Kasem - Astrology For Young Lovers